2016 Living Landscape Feature

Covering a 30,000 square foot hall of the EY centre, the Living Lanscape feature was the pride and joy of the Ottawa Home and Garden Show. The space had 11 stimulating gardens ranging in size each with its own theme, inspiration and design. Watch the above video to view the finished product!

Ottawa Living Landscapes
by Landscape Ontario

Coloured Living Landscapes floor planOver 2 years in the making Living Landscapes is set to be a must see attraction in the Ottawa area. Covering a 30,000 square foot hall of the EY centre this feature will be the pride and joy of the Ottawa Home and Garden Show. The space will have 11 stimulating gardens ranging in size each with its own theme, inspiration and design. The combined vision and efforts of Marketplace Events, EXPO MEDIA and Landscape Ontario have brought together experienced show production with top landscape industry expertise.


Choose your path by Landscape Ontario 

This year’s Landscape Ontario Garden was aptly named 'Choose Your Path' as an expression of the numerous career opportunities available in green professions. Visitors are invited to explore the garden and imagine themselves in a challenging and fulfilling career that let's them work outside to enhance their own life and the environment around them.


Gone are the days of hiring summer students as a seasonal work force. Most landscaping companies operate full time for at least ten months of the year with the remaining months being used for business planning, refitting equipment and buildings, updating staff training and accommodating staff holidays. 

As you walk through the feature garden, imagine the types of knowledge and skills that were required to create and build it. What aspect of this garden do you enjoy the most?

The demand for qualified staff is huge. Large scale projects require multidisciplinary teams to put all the unique aspects of the build into proper order for beauty and environmental sustainability as well as long term durability and maintenance. Design, lighting, engineering, irrigation, heavy equipment operation, masonry, plant care, biodiversity, habitat creation, green infrastructure, storm water runoff, heat island effects - there is an endless list of career opportunities for those who are team oriented and who find fulfilment in a hands-on environment. 

You can choose your green career path through the numerous college, university or apprentice programs available. Or follow a path set out by one of Landscape Ontario's member companies who will invest in your training as one of their valued employees.  

Do you look out the window everyday and wonder what kind of career you could have? One where you feel you really belong? Think of the vast opportunities in Forestry, Arboriculture or Horticulture were you can see, smell, touch and feel what you do.

How many different kinds of professionals do you think it took to make this garden possible? Take the time to explore and learn about what is here. This garden was built for your inspirations and to help you Choose Your Path!


Garden by Terrascapes Landscape & Design Inc.

Terrascapes Landscape and Design Inc. specializes in the design and construction of outdoor living spaces to suit a variety of functional and aesthetic needs. Proudly serving the Ottawa and Perth communities for over 10 years, its friendly and professional staff are committed to the highest standards of quality and customer service. From the earliest stages of the design and consultation process through to project completion, Terrascapes is proud to work closely with customers to realize the full potential of their property.     

Garden Inspiration

Eastern Ontario in the spring is a unique and beautiful thing.  Terrascapes Landscape and Design Inc. has brought thS_4

e local country to the city by bringing together several elements to create a locally inspired and crafted backyard retreat.

The cedar split rail fence will guide guests to the meandering path, contrasting natural elements of stone and wood.  Split rail fences can be used for accents in smaller spaces, or to help define boundaries as would be the case here.   Different styles of fencing will be used to stimulate discussion.The path will lead by garden beds with spring bloom, pine needles emerging from a winters cover and over wintered ornamental grass which will create both texture and help lend height.  

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Harmony Gardens Landscaping Inc.

Harmony Gardens Landscaping Inc. has been in business for the past 15 years “creating harmonized spaces”. Whether starting anew or renovating an existing area our landscaping team will transform your outdoor living space to suit your home and needs. Through sustainable practices we revitalize back, side and front yards for curb appeal and to enhance practical use of your outdoor space. From design, installation of hard and soft landscaping features to maintenance of your property afterwards our professionals are here to service you.

As stewards of our natural environment, Harmony Gardens Landscaping uses sustainable, organic landscaping practices to develop and revitalize every aspect of your property. As a professional member in good standing with LO and CNLA since 2004 we have been recognized by CNLA for our “Green for Life” initiatives in 2012. Featured on Houzz and HGTV, Casa-Guru we are an award winning company receiving Reader’s Choice awards from Stittsville News (Metroland Media) in 2009 and 2010: Diamond award recipients for landscaping and winners of platinum award for property maintenance.

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Discover how Harmony Gardens Landscaping Inc. can create your harmonized outdoor living space. Visit our website at “Burst Forth” is the name of this 10’x30’ featured garden which is a playful and contemporary display suited to a constrained space such as a side yard or a small town home. Given the limited space the vertical elements, in the form of the backdrop and the upright trees harmonizes the entire horizontal space in providing much of the visual interest for the garden. The crisp, sharp angles are balanced by flowing curves within the hardscape as well as the backdrop. A variety of plant material softens the hard landscaping elements to add vibrancy to the space. A natural stone bubble rock adds the soothing yet refreshing element of water to this garden.

The garden’s pre-built backdrop, of horizontal and vertical stained cedar boards and brightly painted hardboard with sweeping curves, is inset with painted PVC pipes – some open and some with flowers to create a vertical planting feature – a living wall. Painted PVC pipes are cut to various lengths and clustered in a flowing line showcasing a variety of flowering perennials in the dry river-wash stone bed. The bubble rock water feature at head of horizontal riverbed is accentuated with landscape lighting. The garden is finished with a high bar style bistro set to allow relaxation and revitalization as spring ‘Burst Forth’.  

The Artist Garden presented by The Canadian Tulip Festival


Company background:


In 1945, the Dutch royal family gifted thousands of tulip bulbs to Ottawa in gratitude for Canadians having sheltered Queen Juliana and her daughters for the preceding three years due to the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands during World War II. The arrival of the gift of tulips generated great interest, curiosity and admiration among Canadians and the magnificent display of tulips quickly became a treasured tourist attraction in the Nation’s Capital. World-renowned photographer Malak Karsh from the Ottawa Board of Trade spearheaded the creation of a Canadian Tulip Festival. It is a celebration of the arrival of spring as well as a commemoration of the significance of the tulip and its wartime connection in Canada. The festival has grown each year to become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting over 600,000 visitors annually.

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Garden Inspiration:
Designed by A Cultivated Art Inc in association with Permacon, LO, The Canadian Tulip Festival and the Ottawa Home and Garden Show.
This will act as a focal point of the gardens and offer a place for visitors to vote on the prestigious People’s Choice award presented by the Canadian Tulip Festival. Visitors will have a chance to vote on their favorite garden build and be entered in a chance to take home a $500 Via Rail Travel card. With several 5foot tulip works of art, a Van Gogh Tulip sculpture and a great deal of live plants and landscaping this area is sure to impress.ttawa Home and Garden Show. This will act as a focal point of the gardens and offer a place for visitors to vote on the prestigious People’s Choice award presented by the Canadian Tulip Festival. Visitors will have a chance to vote on their favorite garden 

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Bring Nature Home by
Les entreprises Maréchal

The company was founded on March 14th 2000 under the name "Le petit coup de main" to officially become Les Entreprises Marechal in 2008. The company now operates with around fifty employees. Since it's beginning, it's areas of activities continue to expand: landscaping, property maintenance, home improvement and labor services of all kinds. The landscaping company offers a vast array of high quality personnalized services which make it stand apart from the competition and insures customer satisfaction.

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This garden design was created by Dominick Meloche (DM. Design) and expresses his ability to balance both modern and natural themes into his designs. Named “Bring Nature Home”, the garden showcases a more modern and linear section which represents the city life with a nice transition into nature with a natural swimming pond creating a lake-side feel with the pier-style patio along its edge. The entire space has been surrounded with vegetation in both urban and natural settings for you to enjoy!


Modern Oasis by Permacon and Davis Landscape

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Designed with clean lines and low maintenance in mind, this multifunctional front yard is an example of the beautiful spaces that can be created for today's small properties.Show Home (2) The largest element is a parking space that doubles as a patio, while also being a permeable surface with an infiltration swale to collect storm water and allow it to filter naturally back into the water table. 
Raised planters provide plenty of soil depth for trees to mature and provide shade and shelter and mass plantings of perennials and sedum matt ground covers provide low maintenance colour. Reinventing the front yard as a beautiful, functional and social space for beautiful, functional and social communities.

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Algonquin College

The Horticultural Industries program at Algonquin College is designed for individuals who are interested in landscape design from conception to implementation. This two-year Ontario College Diploma program delivered in a compressed format over 16 m


onths incorporates key aspects of the evolving horticultural industries including sustainable urban agriculture, green roof and living wall technology, nursery production and management and urban and rural landscape design, installation and maintenance. The program includes one mandatory cooperative education (Co-op) Work Term enabling students to gain valuable work experience and networks within industry.

Garden description : 

This garden design was created by and named after the Horticultural Industries Class of 2015, as part of a term project for a group of fourth semester landscape design students. A design competition was held, presentations were given, and selections were made by their peers and several faculty members. The final result is a combination of different highlights from several designs that have merged to create a thoughtful yet fun space. The Garden has been constructed by the second semester Landscape Construction class as a class project under the supervision of several faculty. The project was constructed using mostly locally purchased and/or donated product.

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Hansen Lawn and Gardens Ltd

Hansen Lawn and Gardens was established in '88 and we are one of Ottawa's most established and respected landscape companies. We pride ourselves on professional, high quality products and services at affordable pricing...for no other reason than..''YOU DESERVE IT''

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Our inspiration came from clients wanting to live inside their landscape. Our design team wanted to create a space that pulled in elements of modern design with classic functionality. With you in mind - we wanted to create a space that you can relax and feel serene, but still have friends and family over for a sit down dinner, or an informal gathering. Your guests will love that the complex construction looks simply beautiful without confusion. The gardens take you away from the crazy world and bring you into your backyard oasis.

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Garden of Serenity

Company profile

Welwyn Wong Landscape Design is an award-winning Ottawa based company that specializes in unique custom landscapes that evoke an sense of place. Our talented team are happy to guide you from the design process through to overseeing your landscape construction and long term maintenance. With us, your landscape dreams can become a reality. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the transformation of your yard from boring to outdoor living!

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Welcome to the Garden of Serenity. Imagine your backyard as a secluded resort high above the clouds in another part of the world. This retreat is your sanctuary to relax, unwind, contemplate, and renew after a long day of work. Drink in its simplicity with touches of Asia where the essentials are woven in with life's luxuries of land, water, plants and sky. 

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Thunderbolt Contracting Ltd.

For 25 years Thunderbolt Contracting has been designing and installing beautiful, functional and memorable landscapes in Ottawa and surrounding areas.  As proud members of Landscape Ontario (LO), the Commercial Landscape Association of Eastern Ontario (CLAEO) and the Ottawa Construction Association (OCA), we have the people, passion, experience and equipment to complete large complex landscape projects. Our in-house design team works closely with our project manager and installation crews to bring your vision to life.  Landscape projects can be complex involving lots of moving parts. We coordinate closely with other reliable trades (pool, irrigation, fencing, electrical, etc.) to seamlessly pull all these elements together to create outdoor living spaces that last. 

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Our garden, entitled Spring in the Upper Valley, reflects a contemporary approach to an Ottawa garden in the early spring.  The strong, clean lines of the pathways and raised garden beds, themselves built of pavers and metalled containers, are balanced with the traditional elements of Canada in the spring – flowing water finally free of winter’s grip, the dappled foliage of newly-awakening trees and bursts of colour showing bravely against sunlit skies.

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